Erik Gilje is an Assistant Professor of Finance at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focus is on empirical corporate finance, energy finance, and entrepreneurial finance. His work explores the interconnection between energy, financial frictions, and the real economy. He has published papers in the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies. His work has received the 2017 RFS Rising Scholar Award and the 2018 RFS Michael J. Brennan Best Paper Award. He has received research support from the Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. Prior to academia Erik worked at ExxonMobil and Citigroup. Erik pursued his PhD studies at Boston College and has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Cornell University.